Most people associate outdoor cooking with fire and smoke, but this is not the only option anymore. Electric grills have become very popular and for a few different reasons. First, they are a lot cleaner, so there is less of a mess. Second, they are incredibly easy to use. The heat is consistent throughout, so you don't have to worry about rotating food to make sure everything is cooked evenly. Of course, for some, the pressure of becoming "one" with the flame is the most rewarding aspect of grilling. If you don't feel that way then you would probably use an electric grill far more often than any other style. These types of grills use heated grill plates, so no fire is involved. This is especially attractive to city dwellers that are affected by fire regulations.
Thanks to popular demand an increasing number of manufacturers are offering electric grills in a wide variety of sizes and styles. So, you may be surprised at the options you have to choose from. There are three main things to consider when making your decision: size, style, and cleanup.
There are actually two types of electric grills. The first one is a contact variety, and the second has an open concept. Contact ones are ideal if you like to quickly cook breakfast outside or make hot sandwiches for a convenient dinner after a long day. Open electric grills are best for those who barbeque a lot of meat and fish. Regardless which style you opt for, it is a good idea to make sure it's equipped with a thermostat. This will allows you to cook a wider variety of foods with confidence.
Getting the size right is very important. If it is too small, you'll think twice about inviting as many people as you want to your next gathering unless you want everyone to eat in shifts. On the other hand, if you choose an oversized one and 90 percent of the time you are the only person you are cooking for, you may not grill as often as you want simply because you don't want to clean up a large grill. You also need to consider how much space you have to store it.
The least exciting part of a BBQ is the cleanup. Fortunately, most electric grills are very simple to clean. Some have grates or removable grill plates that are dishwasher safe. You may also want to look for one with a nonstick surface and/or drip plans.